The Network Based Research Unit (NBRU) within the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) at the University of Michigan (U-M) is announcing a call for applications for the 2024 – 2025 NBRU Fellow. The NBRU Fellowship is open to U-M faculty of any rank and any track and provides 15% effort of base salary and benefits up to the applicable NIH cap for 1 year (7/1/24 – 6/30/25).

MICHR’s NBRU Program supports the clinical, regulatory, and informatics of multiple Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) including Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®) PCORnet®, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, and the PaTH Clinical Research Network. The NBRU also supports the NIH NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Trial Innovation Network (TIN) and the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Networks. These CRNs provide the infrastructure needed for investigators to rapidly deploy and participate in large, multi-site clinical research studies at regional or national scale.

The Network Based Research Program Fellow would engage in the following activities: (a) attend network operational meetings, (b) represent U-M at network meetings for specific multi-site studies, (c) engage in collaborative manuscript and/or proposal writing associated with innovations, policy, and challenges related to network based research, and (d) develop the foundational experience and pilot work needed to apply for their own grant utilizing network data through a clinical research network.

For this Fellowship, desired interest and/or experience for applicants might include:

  1. Epidemiologists or Health Services researchers interested in using federated electronic medical record (EMR) data standardized across national participating institutions.

  2. Clinicians interested in developing computable phenotypes for rare diseases.

  3. Clinicians interested in large comparative effectiveness or pragmatic trials.

  4. Clinicians interested in simulated or emulated clinical trials.

  5. Health informaticians interested in applying machine learning or other AI approaches to explore the EMR across multiple institutions.

  6. Investigators interested in policy associated with health services outcomes research.

  7. Learning Health Scientists interested in improving how research can more expediently translate to informing healthcare and healthcare system improvement.


Please provide a CV and a 1–2-page description of (a) your background, (b) interest in utilizing or participating in electronic medical record network based multisite research, (c) specific knowledge or skills you would like to ascertain during the fellowship, and (d) research ideas for proposal/manuscript development utilizing CRNs.


  • March 15: Call for Applications released.

  • May 6: Applications due.

  • May: Applications reviewed/candidate interviews.

  • June 1: 2024 NBRU Fellow announced.

  • July 1: NBRU Fellowship begins.

Please send applications and any questions to NBRU Program Manager, April Wyncott,